Global Identity

Sweatshops.

- May 6 -

               

Due to Globalization, Many companies are moving their production factories to other countries where they are able to pay their worker lower wages, and are more likely to mistreat them. These places are called sweatshops.

Sweatshop workers may work anywhere from 50-90 hour weeks, many of them only getting pay 10-60 dollars a month. The working conditions are very harsh; workers are not allowed to talk to each other, and there have been reports of verbal buse, physical abuse, and sexual harrasment. Many of them are forced to work unpaid overtime, and they are threatened to lose a days wages if they say no.

Brands/Companies that use sweatshops include:

American Eagle Outfitters

Cintas’

Dickies

Guess

Tommy Hilfiger

Disney

Hanes

Walmart

Speedos

Toys “R” Us

Carrefour

Nike

Abercrombie

Gap

Hollister

The list goes on and on….and today, almost 90 percent of brands use some sort of sweatshop.

What can we do about this?

As a consumer, we have to most power over this. We are the ones giving them business. Here are some options.

-Sign a petition

-Contact the company: the last thing a company wants is to lose business, so don’t just pass it off thinking that one phone call doesn’t make a difference. It does.

-Buy American Made Clothes:Some of these brands include American Apparel, Free People, and Urban Outfitters.

-Inform other people

Links:

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/01/12/meet-the-people-who-made-your-clothes/

http://www.sweatfree.org/docs/Hall_of_Shame_Final_11’18’07.pdf

http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/sweatshops/sweatshopsfaq.html

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